Dr. Wade Allison, the author of Radiation and Reason addressed the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) Food Safety meeting on October 3, 2011. Unlike Arnie Gundersen (sometimes misspelled as Gunderson), an unlicensed nuclear engineer from Vermont who has been working hard for several months to encourage an unreasonable fear of radiation, even at low dose rates, Dr. Allison is on a mission to reassure people.
(For more evidence of the way that Gundersen works to spread irrational radiation fears, see Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen: Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable. Warning: if you are a nuclear professional, a trained radiation protection technician or a health physicist, you might need to practice deep breathing exercises to remain calm while watching.)
Wade Allison’s primary goal is to help his audiences understand the difference between levels of radiation that are actually dangerous and levels that they have been illogically taught to fear. Dr. Allison has studied the topic of radiation health effects with great rigor. He has learned the lessons from Chernobyl – the FEAR of radiation was far more deadly than the radiation itself. That statement is true even from an accident that released approximately ten times as much material into the environment than was released at Fukushima.
I apologize for the way that the sound fades in and out in the below video; the conference organizers were having some audio challenges. However, I think that the concluding 5-10 minutes are especially important to share with friends and relatives. I will be trying to find the presentation slides that Dr. Allison describes, but in the meantime, please enjoy his talk without them.